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Dr Simon Chu

Senior Lecturer
School of Psychology and Computer Science

Simon is an applied psychological scientist with expertise in experimental psychology, human cognition, forensic mental health and research design. He is a Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Simon is currently seconded to an NHS forensic mental health research unit.

Simon is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and teaches mainly on the MSc Applied Clinical Psychology programme, leading a module on clinical research design, as well as teaching forensic psychology topics on the undergraduate degree programmes. He also supervises postgraduate research students and undergraduate research projects. Simon is based in the School only on a part-time basis; since 2013, Simon has been seconded as a Research Fellow at Ashworth Research Centre (ARC), Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, which is the only dedicated research unit in the UK that is based within a high secure mental health unit. ARC is a UCLan-led research unit and there, Simon serves as the Clinical Innovations Research Lead.

Aside from a transformative year spent teaching mathematics in a Caribbean high school, Simon has been involved in psychology since 1990. His PhD was awarded for research investigating the effect of ambient odour on cognition and he worked as a Lecturer at the University of Liverpool for six years prior to joining the University of Central Lancashire in 2004. At UCLan, he assisted in the development of programmes and new teaching modules, and prior to his secondment to Ashworth Research Centre in 2013, he was Examinations Officer and Lead for Undergraduate Programmes in the School. As the Clinical Innovations Research Lead at Ashworth Research Centre, Simon manages a vibrant team of researchers and leads the development of clinically-focused research projects across a broad spectrum of issues in response to specific needs in mental health service delivery.